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I've said it before and I'll say it again. The consultant's definition of a consultant is someone from out of town, preferably with a leather briefcase, who is hired to tell management (in this case the City Council) what they told him/her they want to hear. The consultant converts their desires into a "detailed plan," then closes his/her briefcase and leaves town before the plan is executed.
This serves two valuable purposes: should the plan fail, council absolves itself of responsibility because it followed the advice of an "expensive expert." (That's how Marco got the STRP.) The consultant is not to blame because he/she did not actually execute the plan; the council did! Now everyone is happy ... except those who have to pick up the pieces!
Anyone sensitive to their employer's desires and can convert those desires into a detailed plan will be a successful consultant. It's really very simple!
If the City Council requires a consultant to evaluate the plans offered by a select committee that the Council itself appointed, they should resign! Clearly they are incompetent to make the kind of decisions they were elected to make.
Ed FosterFormer Marco Resident
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